Poisonous caterpillar found in Michigan

American Dagger caterpillar (Acronicta americana) (WILX)
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CLARE COUNTY, MI (WILX) -- Michigan officials are warning the state to be on the lookout for a poisonous caterpillar.

The Clare Area Chamber of Commerce posted an alert about the American dagger caterpillar, after it was spotted during a hike on Mid Michigan College's campus.

If you ever come across one, do not pick it up.

Both children and adults can be affected by them. Symptoms include the following: stinging sensation followed by a burning, itching sensation on the skin which can develop into a rash.

According to insectidentification.org the larvae feed on the leaves of popular neighborhood trees like oak, ash, elm, alder, willow and maple. They may be found on the ground nearby.

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